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  • Antique Hobart Weldmobile

    I am looking for information, especially pictures of a Hobart Weldmobile.

    I think the one I've seen in Topeka, Kansas was from the 1930's or 40's. The fenders look strange to me, I'm not sure they were factory original. I'm a model builder. Scratch build out of brass and copper and would like to make it like it came out of the factory.

    I would like factory photos, brochures, or construction site photos that would have a weldmobile in them.

    DannyDowns

  • #2
    You know, there was one posted, with a picture, somewhere, either here or on Miller Motorsports, but I have no idea what search term to use to dig it up. I do know they weren't completely uncommon, I had the opportunity to use one back in the late 70's or early 80's. As I recall, the railroads had a few of them .....
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    • #3
      I posted a link here awhile back, but not the pics. Alas, it is not there anymore. My bad.
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      • #4
        My old friend, Franz came to the rescue, as he often does whether you need rescuing or not...he is a wealth of information.

        http://z6.invisionfree.com/ToolBoxTa...showtopic=1613

        The machine was built by Clark with a Hobart Bros generator. You might recall a few of them generators being PTO driven in Jeeps and M-37 trucks.

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        • #5
          Gentlemen,

          The picture is a Hobart "Big Wheeler" self-propelled DC arc weldmobile model SP-418-W or SP-618-W. There was also a smaller unit called the narrow gage weldmobile model SP-418-NW for use in plants with narrow isles and doorways using standard tires front and rear.

          The unit pictured is missing the Hobart name plate on the top front of the radiator cowel and the rear fender. Thr grill guards on the lights etc. were standard factory equipment.

          The 418's were 400 amp 40 volts at 60% duty cycle - 50-500 amp range
          The 618's were 600 amp 40 volts at 60% duty cycle - 70-800 amp range

          The big wheeler had a max speed of 20 miles per hour
          The narrow gauge had a max speed of 10 miles per hour

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          • #6
            Close Enough ??

            Radio-Flyer Welder..........
            Also missing the name-Plate...

            vg
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            • #7
              No this is a radio flyer welder....

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              • #8
                Different Model picture

                I have a picture of what I think is an older model than the one in the picture provided by Rocky. I can send a picture of it if you would contact me at brassmodels@gmail.com

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                • #9
                  Picture of Hobart Weldmobile ?1940's? model



                  Finally figured out how to post a picture of the weldmobile I found in a storage unit. Does anyone recognize it. getting a more accurate date on it would be nice. Are the fenders factory original, or has somebody fabbed them up later?

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                  • #10
                    Here's a 1939 patent for a Hobart "Tractor Welder":

                    http://www.google.com/patents?id=m-R...BAJ&dq=2244063

                    The drawings don't tell you much as far as what fenders and the like eventually looked like.
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                    • #11
                      Finally ran across some more pictures of that weldmobile at http://yeeshamundo.onfinite.com/album/817430/1260876/
                      --- RJL ----------------------------------------------

                      Ordinarily I'm insane, but I have lucid moments when I'm merely stupid.
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                      • #12
                        I'd probably pee all down my leg if I found one of those for sale, and I'm not sure why, because I have absolutely ZERO use for one Still, it would be calling my name, I'm sure..
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                        • #13
                          I want one of these!

                          --- RJL ----------------------------------------------

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Zrexxer View Post
                            I'd probably pee all down my leg if I found one of those for sale, and I'm not sure why, because I have absolutely ZERO use for one Still, it would be calling my name, I'm sure..
                            There was one for sale on ebay a few years ago listed as if the reserve isnt met it will never be offered again. As far as I know it never sold.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by usmcpop View Post
                              I want one of these!

                              ...So...You would RELISH one???
                              "Good Enough Never Is"

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